EAST ORANGE, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheilah Coley have announced that authorities are investigating an incident in which three people were shot early this morning. Two of the victims have died as a result of the shootings.
Shortly after midnight, East Orange police officers responded to the 100 block of Hollywood Street on reports of a shooting. Responding officers located an unresponsive male inside a vehicle. This male was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:25 am., according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit. This person has been identified as Dyshawn L. Simpkins, age 19, of Newark. A second male was transported to East Orange General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:27 am, according to Fennelly. This victim has been identified as Keeayre Griffin, age 29, of Newark. A third male, whose identity is being withheld for security reasons, suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound and is being treated at an area hospital,
This incident is being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force and the East Orange Police Department. The investigation is active and ongoing at this time, according to Fennelly.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Tips Line at (877) 847-7432
No further information is available at this time.